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Kingston Bridge, Glasgow

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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The Kingston Bridge is a balanced cantilever dual-span ten lane road bridge made of triple-cell segmented prestressed concrete box girders crossing the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The largest urban bridge in the United Kingdom, it carries the M8 motorway through the city centre. The Kingston Bridge is also one of the busiest road bridges in Europe, carrying around 150,000 vehicles every day.HistoryThe name of the bridge referred to the erstwhile Kingston Dock which was located on the south bank of the river. It had been completed in 1867 between Windmillcroft Quay and the former headquarters of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society on Morrison Street in Tradeston, adjacent to where the bridge now stands. It was Glasgow's first enclosed dock. The dock was eventually closed to navigation in 1966, when work began on the construction of the Kingston Bridge, and the basin was subsequently in-filled and apartments built on the site. At the time of construction however the Clyde Port Authority still insisted that the bridge have a clearance height of 18 m (60 ft) in order to allow dredgers to go upstream as far as the King George V Bridge. The bridge was designed by William Fairhurst and built by Logan-Marples Ridgway.
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  • All I can say is: what a really great bridge across a river in a city. If you are crossing the water I'd totally recommend the bridge as other options might not be that practical. 
  • Had to say I laughed when I saw this has a trip advisor account. I'm hoping this is a weird side effect of Glasgow humour. For non Glaswegians this is a motorway bridge linking to the M8 that makes re...  read more »
  • It is just a bridge for a busy road through the city. Under the bridge, however, is a very beautiful wall painting of a number of water sports enthusiasts (swimmers and divers)
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